Coastal Care 2014: In Numbers and Achievements

Coastal Care 2014: In Numbers and Achievements

Our deepest gratitude and thanks to our immensely talented and highly inspiring contributors of 2014. — Santa Aguila Foundation.

The Colors Of Beach Sand; By Gary Griggs

The Colors Of Beach Sand; By Gary Griggs

The color of any beach reflects the mineral composition of the sand grains. Whether derived from the local bluffs or cliffs, the rivers and creeks that drain to the coast, or the organisms that may populate the near shore area, or coralline algae, mollusks, foraminifera or any of a number of other invertebrates that make hard skeletons or shells, it is these locally derived materials that make each beach a little different and somewhat unique.

Eight Gabions; By Mary Flynn

Eight Gabions; By Mary Flynn

Eight Gabions is an image from Mary Flynn.

Plastic Pollution

Plastic Pollution

The world population is living, working, vacationing, increasingly conglomerating along the coasts, and standing on the front row of the greatest, most unprecedented, plastic waste tide ever faced. Washed out on our coasts in obvious and clearly visible form, the plastic pollution spectacle blatantly unveiling on our beaches is only the prelude of the greater story that unfolded further away in the world's oceans, yet mostly originating from where we stand: the land. Featured image: ©© Bastian

The Last Beach, A book by Orrin H. Pilkey And J. Andrew G. Cooper

The Last Beach, A book by Orrin H. Pilkey And J. Andrew G. Cooper

"The Last Beach" is an urgent call to save the world's beaches while there is still time. The geologists Orrin H. Pilkey and J. Andrew G. Cooper sound the alarm in this frank assessment of our current relationship with beaches and their grim future if we do not change the way we understand and treat our irreplaceable shores.

Take Action to End Global Beach Sand Mining!

Take Action to End Global Beach Sand Mining!

We urge you to become part of the movement by signing the petition to end beach sand mining.

We Need to Retreat From the Beach

We Need to Retreat From the Beach

As ocean waters warm, the Northeast is likely to face more Sandy-like storms. And as sea levels continue to rise, the surges of these future storms will be higher and even more deadly. We can’t stop these powerful storms. But we can reduce the deaths and damage they cause… An Op Ed by Orrin H. Pilkey.

Sand Wars, An Investigation Documentary, By Denis Delestrac

Sand Wars, An Investigation Documentary, By Denis Delestrac

Is beach sand an infinite resource? Can the existing supply satisfy a gigantic demand fueled by construction booms? What are the consequences of intensive beach sand mining for the environment and the neighboring populations? Based on encounters with sand smugglers, corrupt politicians, unscrupulous real estate developers and environmentalists, this investigation takes us around the globe to unveil a new gold rush and a disturbing fact: the “SAND WARS” have begun.

Just Washed In

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Mauritius’ Beaches Contain Clues Pointing To Sunken Lost Continent

News
Feb
26

The beaches of Mauritius surround the island like a foamy white trim and sprinkled in the sand are clues to a lost, submerged continent. Beneath the floor of the Indian Ocean, researchers have found evidence for a landmass that would have existed between 2,000 and 85 million years ago.

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Extreme Weather Linked To Giant Waves in the Atmosphere

Extreme weather events have been on the rise in the last few decades, and man-made climate change may be causing them by interfering with global air-flow patterns, according to new research.

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Green Energy Solves Dual Crises of Poverty and Climate

Green energy is the only way to bring billions of people out of energy poverty and prevent a climate disaster, a new study reveals.

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South Street Seaport, Lower Manhattan: A ‘Ghost Town’ Months After Hurricane Sandy

News, Sandy Storm
Feb
26

The historic cobblestone streets and 19th-century mercantile buildings near the water’s edge in lower Manhattan are eerily deserted, a neighborhood silenced by Superstorm Sandy.

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ISRO launches Indo-French satellite ‘SARAL’

News
Feb
25

Launched with an aim at oceanographic studies, SARAL was accompanied by six foreign mini and micro satellites onboard the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) ‘s workhorse rocket PSLV.

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Maize in Diets of People in Coastal Peru Dates to 5,000 Years Ago

Inform
Feb
25

Up until now, the prevailing theory was that marine resources, not agriculture and corn, provided the economic engine behind the development of civilization in the Andean region of Peru.

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CIWEM environmental photographer of the year 2013 entries – in pictures

Outstanding images of climate change, poverty and development will go on display at an exhibition at the Royal Geographical Society, London, from 10 April – 3 May 2013. The exhibition aims to enhance understanding of climate change and social inequality…

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US Government Mulls $16bn Plea Deal For BP over Deepwater – Report

The US government and Gulf Coast states are reportedly considering offering BP Plc a deal under which the company will pay $16bn to settle civil suits stemming from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster.

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Liberia: Illegal Sand Mining Heightened

News, Sand Mining
Feb
22

Despite efforts by the government to put a halt to illegal sand mining which is blamed on sea and other form of erosions across Liberia, others have refused to yield to the orders as sand mining is said to be at a renewed height and reinvigorated pace in the region.

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Nitrogen Pollution Soars In China

Nitrogen-containing pollutants from agriculture, transport and industry in China has increased by more than half in 30 years, adding to concerns about the country’s deteriorating environment. China’s environment ministry acknowledged the existence of so-called “cancer villages” after years of public speculation about the impact of pollution in certain areas.

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